Happy New Year!
One of the first words that comes to mind when a new year begins is “resolutions”. Countless vows to eat well and hit the gym are made in earnest this time each year. Of course, we may not always follow through with our intentions. Yet some things that should not be underestimated are the power of a fresh thinking, a positive outlook and the motivation to form new and better habits.
We always strive to empower our students by fostering confidence and enjoyment of learning. We encourage them to make and achieve their goals. We hope that the encouragement and strategies we share with them lead to feelings of success, regardless of outcome.
Perhaps the same is true for new year’s resolutions. When we set goals for the new year, we are essentially saying: I care about myself and want to improve. I care about my future and want to set goals. I care about my health. I am interested in continuing to develop as a person and as a member of my community. I feel confident that this will be great year! Do we ultimately break our resolutions because this surge of confidence is enough of a boost even without the follow up? Perhaps this is why I didn’t feel too guilty when this happened (while writing this post):
Of course we don’t want to encourage our students not to follow through, which is why I ate every last crumb. Sometimes being neighbours with Butter proves just too irresistible.
In Little Learners, we began 2015 with a focus on others in our community, our friends and family. We will be making special efforts to be kind to others and to share and spread happiness. As a part of this unit, we read the stories “How Full is Your Bucket, For Kids,” by Tom Rath, Mary Reckmeyer and Maurie J. Manning, along with “Bucket Filling from A-Z,” by Carol McCloud, Caryn Butzke, and Glenn Zimmer.
The practice of “bucket filling,” is based around the concept that everyone carries around a bucket that can be filled (positive) or emptied (negative) by our experiences in life, the way we treat others and the way we are treated by others. Being kind and helpful to others fills our buckets! Each drop we give to someone else, puts a drop in our bucket as well. On the other hand, being unkind “dips” into someone else’s bucket and in turn empties our own bucket too.
The children have made buckets and we will spend a bit of time each day thinking of kind ways that we can be bucket fillers. So far, drawing pictures and writing messages to put in each others’ buckets has been a favourite way to spread the cheer. We are all very good at filling buckets!
Are you ready to be a bucket filler too?